NDMO working with Education, Local Government ministries
Kathrin Krishna/ Sainiani Boila
January 5, 2019 6:30 am
The National Disaster Management Office is working with the Education and Local Government Ministries in preparing for Tropical Cyclone Mona.
Director, Anare Leweniqila says they are working with the Local Government Ministry to ensure flood-prone municipalities are aware of the steps they need to take if flooding were to occur.
Leweniqila says movement in towns and cities will also be restricted when the need arises.
“We are working around the clock with the municipalities and also police to ensure that the evacuation process in terms of the closure of businesses is done in a timely manner to ensure that they evacuate before any water rises.”
Leweniqila says school heads also have been notified to be on standby as schools will be used as evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Operations Centre will be monitoring the weather situations for 24 hours from today.
Leweniqila says 20 officers are also monitoring the weather situations in the four divisional emergency operation centres and will mobilize response teams if the need arises.
_“This also includes our emergency operators the Fiji Navy in terms of search and rescue and in terms of the Fiji Police Force in terms of working together with the divisional commissioners in terms of the emergency operations that is currently before us.”_
Leweniqila says all evacuation centres are ready and will be activated if the need arises.
All RFMF officers, police, navy and fire officers are currently on standby and will respond once the weather deteriorates.